Mexico's Colima volcano erupted twice in the last 24 hours, sending ash into the sky and lava flowing down its sides. State officials have recommended that all living in close proximity to the volcano take necessary precautions. (Jan. 19)
A volcano in western Indonesia was unleashing hot clouds of ash, indicating that volcanic activity in the area remains high. Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 2 kilometres into the sky on Tuesday.
Sand strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brain. Despite this, they are savage predators who shoot out grapple-like hooks to reel in passing fish.
A new explosion from the Colima volcano on Saturday, December 7, led to a closure of a nearby airport and dusted towns downwind in volcanic ash.Mexican airport operator ASA tweeted that Colima airport would be closed following the latest eruption from volcano. Colima’s Civil Protection Agency reported that volcanic ash had fallen in Cuauhtémoc, a town located to the southwest of the volcano.
This dramatic video shows huge plumes of smoke as lava flows into the ocean after a large section of a lava delta at the Kamokuna ocean entry of Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park collapsed on New Year’s EveAfter the so-called “bench collapse”, the viewing area at the National Park was closed as park rangers and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists surveyed the area.
A “bench” forms as lava flows over a seacliff into the ocean, forming an unstable ramp of rubble that can be undermined by landslides and slumps, causing a collapse. The collapse exposes the hot interior of the bench to the sea water, causing an explosion of acidic steam and rubble.
Images show the exact moment when a tourist is struck by lightning at Praia do Sonho, in Itanhaém, on the coast of São Paulo.
Taline Campos, 25, had a cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition.
Taline walks quietly by the edge of the sea, even after the storm has formed. At one point she is struck by lightning and falls to the ground. Another person standing next to her was not injured.
Federal agents took bribes of up to $215,000 and even egg rolls to smuggle marijuana and cocaine, provide critical information to drug cartels so they could bypass border security, falsify documents for illegal immigrants and just make some cases “go away,” according to a report.
In one case, Johnny Acosta, a Customs and Border Protection officer in Douglas, Ariz., where he screened individuals and vehicles, said he was contacted by a group Mexican drug dealers in September 2013 and agreed to allow them to drive vans packed full of marijuana across the US border.
Acosta said the smugglers from Agua Prieta, Mexico, would describe the vehicles carrying the illegal load of pot and Acosta would allow them to cross the border without inspection, according to the New York Times. Court documents said Acosta took more than $70,000 in bribes to help the traffickers move over a ton of marijuana.
Mai Nhu Nguyen, an Immigration Service Officer in Santa Ana, Calif., approved or denied citizenship applications for immigrants until she started taking bribes of money and food. In November 2011, according to the court documents, she approved a citizenship application in return for 100 egg rolls.
Then there’s the case of Joohoon David Lee. A federal Homeland Security agent working for Immigration and Custom Enforcement in Los Angeles, Lee interviewed a woman who said she came to the US to become a sex slave for a Korean businessman identified as HS in the court papers cited by the Times.
A year later, Lee contacted the businessman’s lawyer and said if he received an all-expenses-paid trip to Korea where he would interview HS, he would write a favorable report cleaning the accused man.
In 2013, Lee traveled to Seoul where HS picked up the tab for his hotel and entertainment expenses. While there Lee asked HG for for a “large sum of money” to make “any immigration issue go away.”
HS agreed and when Lee returned to California, he filed a report clearing HS. “Subject was suspected of human trafficking. No evidence found and victim statement contradicts. Case closed. No further action required,” Lee wrote. In all, Lee received about $13,000 in bribes, the Times reported.
The Times, after reviewing court records and internal Homeland Security documents from the past 10 years, show nearly 200 DHS employees have pocketed nearly $15 million in bribes.
And even thought they represent just 1 percent of the total number of employees at the agency that secures 7,000 miles of border, their cases represent the toll their illegal actions can have on the nation’s security.
A little bit of corruption can add up to a lot of harm.
“Any amount is bad, and one person alone can do a lot of damage. It doesn’t have to be widespread,” John Roth, the inspector general at Homeland Security, told the Times.
President-elect Donald Trump made border security a central theme of his presidential campaign, promising to build a wall to keep out criminals, rapists and drug dealers.
But a Homeland Security official said until corrupt agents can be weeded out of the agency, walls will have no effect on keeping trouble from the cross the country’s borders.
“It does absolutely no good to talk about the building of walls or tougher enforcement if you can’t secure the integrity of the immigration system, when you have fraud and corruption with your own employees,” the official told the Times.
SEVERE smog that has hit the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin has grounded flights and closed highways, local transportation authorities said.
The city's weather bureau issued an orange alert - the second highest - for air pollution Sunday morning as a new bout of smog began. The bureau said the density of pollutants will reach its peak on Sunday and Monday.
Most air quality monitoring stations in the city warned about severe air pollution Sunday morning. Air quality index (AQI) readings at some points even exceeded 400.
As of 10 a.m. Sunday, 35 flights had been delayed or canceled at Tianjin Binhai International Airport. All highways in and out of the city, except one, have been closed due to extremely low visibility.
The city's environmental protection department has strengthened inspection to control sources of pollution.
Over 20 cities, including Beijing, in north China have activated alerts and corresponding measures to address the smog that has hit the region since Friday night. Meteorological authorities said the smog will not disperse until December 21.
Cyclone Vardah swept across Chennai, India, on December 12, bringing winds of up to 130 km/h (80 mph), and reported gusts of up to 140 km/h.This video shows building tiles being ripped off the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai on December 12.
The Colima volcano in Colima, Mexico, blasted two huge plumes of smoke into the air on December 8.
This volcano is one of the most active in the world. On November 16, the Colima volcano erupted continuously for almost 12 hours
Robert Cornforth loves filming venus flytrap plants at his home in Gratham, Lincolnshire, and it’s easy to understand his fascination.
The carnivorous plant can be seen devouring the unaware and unprepared fly in this startling video.
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Disturbing, strange sounds. That's exactly what I caught on video while filming and documenting the abandoned Waldeck Mine using the ThruNite TN12 flashlight. The Waldeck Mine is an abandoned gold mine located deep in a forested canyon in the high country. I went there on a stormy night in order to document the mine while reviewing and demonstrating ThruNite's excellent TN12 handheld flashlight. The abandoned mine itself is over 150 years old and still has a lot of awesome yet dangerous timbering in its furthest reaches. There are upper levels in the Waldeck Mine, but I only explored and documented the main haulage tunnel.
Sight of huge waterspout captured on camera causes residents to 'sh*t themselves'. Biggest 'sea tornado' in a decade terrifies locals as it heads towards busy tourist hotspot. Incredible footage shows a huge waterspout captured off the coast of Valencia, Spain, terrifying locals and tourists as it approaches dangerously close to the shore.
Residents in the city of Sueca spotted the sea tornado spinning around the Mediterranean Sea Sunday morning.
The moment was captured on video in the tourist resort of El Perello, with meteorologists stating they had not seen anything like it in over 10 years. The clip that was shared online shows a thick spiral emerging from the sea and going up towards the sky.
The vortex throws water around as heavy grey clouds circle above.
A local living in the tourist resort of Gandia, near to where the waterspout originated, said: "I live in Gandia and when I heard it was coming my way I literally sh*t myself."
Experts say the phenomenon is called a waterspout, a tornado that is formed above seas or lakes.
Fanned by strong winds and the Southeast’s worst drought in nearly a decade, at least 14 fires burned in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, forcing evacuations from the popular tourist gateway and nearby communities.
“We almost didn’t make it out alive!! But we did,” wrote Luciano.
This is a hunting spider, it actually stalks its food instead of building a web to trap its prey. One of their favorite places to eat out at are hives at bee farms. When they attack they have to be super stealthy, if they are detected they will be torn apart by the swarm. This little guy isn’t exactly the Sam Fisher of spiders and is easily found out. He then gets attacked, paralyzed and slowly eaten.